West Cook YMCA

West Cook Y and West Suburban PADS expand relationship

Published 01.07.15
West Cook YMCA, West Suburban PADS to Expand Their Relationship; Re-launch Interim Housing Initiative to Reduce Homelessness in West Suburbs

OAK PARK, ILL.—January 7, 2015— West Cook YMCA and West Suburban PADS will resume their Interim Housing program partnership in January. The partnership provides PADS’ clients who are homeless with a private, supported and stable living environment while they work toward self-sufficiency goals.  Supported by an AmeriCorps grant, PADS had suspended the program at the end of 2013 due to federal funding cuts.

The West Cook YMCA, which operates the only resident program in the Chicago metropolitan area outside of the city, will provide 10 Single Resident Occupancy (SRO) rooms in its building at 255 South Marion Street in Oak Park. Each room will be occupied by one resident for up to 90 days based on 30% of the client’s income and supplemented by $250 per tenant per month as a temporary housing subsidy. 

West Suburban PADS will select Interim Housing program participants from among its male clients who have an income or are enrolled in its Employment Readiness program.  A full-time AmeriCorps member will offer on-site case management services to help transition clients to permanent, independent housing 

“Our prior experience with Interim Housing at the Y proved that we can make stable housing a reality for more people more quickly by alleviating their need for long-term shelter,” explained Lynda Schueler, West Suburban PADS executive director. “Our on-site case manager will work with 35 to 40 clients in the coming year, connecting them with community support services, health resources, employment and public benefits counseling, and housing relocation resources.”

“We welcome this expanded relationship with the West Suburban PADS for it complements a planned shift of the West Cook YMCA’s Resident program from being strictly an SRO (single room occupancy) setting to offering optional case management services to the occupants of our 127 rooms. Our mutual goal is to help residents transition to employment and self-sufficiency,” said Phillip Jiménez, President and CEO of the West Cook YMCA.

About the West Cook YMCA www.westcookymca.org

The West Cook YMCA was founded in 1903 when it opened across the street from Scoville Park at 156 North Oak Park Avenue. In 1954, the Y moved to its present location at 255 South Marion Street in Oak Park.

Annually, the West Cook YMCA serves more than 10,000 youth, families, seniors, and single adults of Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park, Bellwood, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, River Grove and Stone Park with more than 100 weekly programs and classes focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

In recent years, the West Cook YMCA has been cited by the YMCA of the USA as a Global Center of Excellence, having built relationships with Ys in Kosovo and Japan and as a Diversity and Inclusion Y.

About West Suburban PADS www.westsuburbanpads.org

The mission of West Suburban PADS is to transition people from housing crisis to housing stability. West Suburban PADS is the only social service agency in west Cook County with a comprehensive "housing + services" solution for transitioning individuals and families out of homelessness. Over the past 23 years, West Suburban PADS has developed a unique, integrated approach that to date has transformed the lives of more than 10,000 people.   Annually, West Suburban PADS programming is supported by 1,000-strong volunteer network, 23 program partners and 40 staff.

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